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Baby rubbing head

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cpives2013 Wed 15-May-13 20:36:13

Anyone any tips on how to stop my 4 month old from waking himself up at night with constant head rubbing? He did have eczema on his head, but that's gone now, though we are still moisturising his head before sleep time. He wears scratch mitts, and we can't swaddle him any more as he has reached the point where he can turn himself over. His sleep has become a nightmare for us, waking every hour and a half or so rubbing his head and being really frustrated!confused

mumtosp Wed 15-May-13 23:27:22

We are going through the same thing with our 7 mo DS.... He also has eczema. We keep DS's head covered most of the days to get around this issue.... I know it's not very ideal but it's the only thing that has worked. He now only tries to scratch his scalp when he realises his head is open...

We use cotton bonnets. They do make him look girly, but I can live with that smile
Fortunately (or unfortunately) since we haven't had much of a summer we can get away with covering his head... W will. have to find another solution if it gets warmer...

I have to add that I had to get my mum in India to send me the bonnets as I didn't find any decent ones here... The local ones were usually in newborn size only... But you could search online... I'm sure you'll.find something... I just found it easier to get my.mum to send some...

HTH smile

NoWayPedro Thu 16-May-13 05:40:49

My LO went through a phase of doing this. Looked awful and combined with 4 month sleep regression, 'twas a nightmare. Her ezcema is hardly there now (9 mo today!) so IME it does improve and a lot of my NCT friends went through something similar.

I used scratched sleeves, brilliant invention (just Google). Don't come off like mitts and keeps air circulating round the head, plus they're silky. I put washing on an extra rinse and just used fairy non-bio or persil original non-bio (ecover made it worst). Don't bathe too often and get some doublebase (and hydrocortisone if really needed) from docs.


NoWayPedro Thu 16-May-13 05:48:01

Sorry, the other thing to add since your LO doesn't have ezcema particularly is the GP said babies can get pain all over their head when teething. Maybe try some calgel or teething powder if you don't want use calpol, more topical but might be worth a try.

GL smile

cpives2013 Sun 19-May-13 06:48:28

That's a possibility... We've already tried everything else suggested above!

The other thing is, if he falls asleep in either of us, he doesn't rub his head, only if we try and put him down in the crib or on the bed (we've already tried different sheets and washing powder just incase)

cpives2013 Sun 19-May-13 06:49:04

On either of us, not in...... smile

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